Bryce Harper received ‘no operative procedures’ from James Andrews

Alex Brandon/AP
Alex Brandon/AP

Bryce Harper underwent “no operative procedures” in his Monday visit with orthopedist James Andrews, his agent Scott Boras said.

Harper was seen wearing a bulky knee brace at the Atlanta airport in a photo uploaded to Twitter. Boras described the knee brace “precautionary” and in place “just to keep [the] knee immobile.”

Boras specifically included arthroscopic surgery under the umbrella of “operative procedures” Harper did not undergo in his visit to Andrews.

The Nationals have still not released any information about the exact nature of the treatment Harper received at Andrews’s institute in Pensacola, Fla. It remains unclear how much longer Harper’s sore left knee will sideline him.

Boras declined to elaborate further, citing confidentiality laws, other than to say Harper will be on a physical therapy plan.

The Nationals had diagnosed Harper with bursitis in his swollen left knee, an injury that first developed May 13 when he collided with the fence at Dodger Stadium. He played until May 26 and the Nationals placed him on  the disabled list June 2.

One person close to Harper described him as “upbeat” following the visit.

Manager Davey Johnson is expected to further clarify Harper’s status this afternoon when he meets with reporters in Colorado before the Nationals open a series against the Rockies.

Adam Kilgore covers the Nationals for The Washington Post.
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